February 2014


"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" Comes to Life at DSU Mar. 5

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The critically acclaimed nonfiction book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will come to life at Delaware State University where members of the Lacks Family will discuss the issues raised in the book during a guest speaker event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 5 in the Education and Humanities Theater on campus. The event – which is part of the DSU Division of Student Affairs’ Make Your Mark Speaker Series – is free and open to the public. Henrietta Lacks’ daughter-in-law Shirley Lacks and her great-granddaughter Victoria Baptiste will speak at the event about the Lacks Family’s story and Henrietta Lacks’ legacy. The book by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951), an African-American woman born in Roanoke, Va. and later an adult resident of Maryland.  After being diagnosed with cancer, without her knowledge she became the source of cells from her cancerous tumor that were cultured to create the first known human immortal cell line. Known as the HeLa cell line, since the 1950s it has been used for a wide variety of medical research, such as to test the first polio vaccine, numerous virus and cancer studies, the use of novel heptamethine dyes and many other projects. The book – which was selected to be DSU’s One Book, One Campus feature selection for the 2013-2014 school year – has been acclaimed for its accessible science writing and for dealing with the ethical issues of race and class in medical research.

DSU Hosts 2014 KC Science Fair --- Photo Slideshow and Info

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More than 94 students from among five different Central Delaware middle schools participated in the 3rd annual Kent County Science Fair held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center at Delaware State University.

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For the third consecutive year, Delaware State University was host site for the annual Kent County Science Fair, which featured 90 projects from students from five Central Delaware middle Schools.   For images from the Kent County Science Fair, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information about the event as well as a list of the winners: There were 94 students who submitted projects in the following categories: natural sciences, engineering, physics, health, behavioral & social sciences, and chemistry. Held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on the DSU campus, there were five Kent County middle schools that participated in the science fair – Central (of Dover), William Henry, Fred Fifer III, Milford Center Academy, and Postlethwaite. The 2014 Kent County Science Fair's winning projects and students included: Chemistry 1st – Mixing Liquid with water -Logan Schad- William Henry Middle School 2nd – Does the salt content have any effect on the boiling point of water-Matthew Leager- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Tie: (a) Oxygen & Fire – Nikolas Mandalas- William Henry Middle School (b) Fresh vs salt -Riley McQuaide-William Henry Middle School   Engineering 1st – Helpful Hovercrafts- Noah Mills & Ryan Adkins, Fred Fifer III Middle School 2nd – Soil Bearing Capacity: The pressure is on!-Hashir Cheema- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Effect of Fridge Temperature on Extending Battery Life- Ashish D'Souza- Postlewait Middle School   Health, Behavioral and Social Sciences 1st – How does the Genre of Music Affect Heart Rate -Tierney Bowen William Henry Middle School 2nd – Does No-Name Stain Remover Work Just as Well as Name Brand-Brianna Reed- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Got that subject style- Taylor Mazanek – William Henry Middle School   Natural Sciences 1st – “Rising” Above the rest only what you “knead” -Skylar Campanicki, William Henry Middle School 2nd – Ph of Fruit and How it affects flavor-Abby Haisworth- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Tie: (a) Bacterial Growth: The Truth May Surprise You – Sarah Larose- William Henry Middle School (b) The influence of worms -Taylor Lipski-William Henry Middle School Physics 1st – Magnetic Levitation – Samuel Mackey & Bryant Craig- Fred Fifer III Middle School 2nd – Hot vs Cold Tennis Ball Experiment- Kylee Victory- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Drum and Pitch- Oscar “Henry” Gonzales – William Henry Middle School

DSU Alum to Premiere Film "16th and Philly" Feb. 11 at DSU

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Isaiah Nathanial, Class of 2004, is a former four-year Hornet basketball player, has produced a documentary film about the famed 16th Street pick-up basketball in North Philadelphia that produced a number of players who would go on to compete in college and professionally, including in the NBA and overseas leagues.

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DSU alumnus and filmmaker Isaiah Nathaniel will make his alma mater a part of the premiere tour of his new documentary 16th and Philly when it screens on campus at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Longwood Auditorium of the Bank of America Building.   The screening is free and open to the public.   Mr. Nathaniel, who also played basketball for DSU from 2000-2004, has done a documentary on the famed North Central Philadelphia Basket League – known commonly in Philly as the 16th Street League, because its outdoor courts are located on the corner of 16th Street and West Susquehanna Ave. in North Philadelphia. During its prominent years of the early 1980s to the early 2000s, it was considered one of the top pick-up leagues on the East Coast.   The league produced a number of players who went on to compete in college, overseas and in professional leagues and the NBA such as Hank Gathers, Bo Kimball, Doug Overton, Lionel Simmons, Ronald “Flip” Murray, Cuttino Mobley, Aaron “AO” Owens, Rodney “Hot Rod” Odrick and many others.   Mr. Nathaniel said the documentary was made to honor the memory and legacy of the 16th Street League and preserve some of the stories.   “Anytime people talk about basketball in Philly, there’s always some who remember and talk about the 16th Street League,” Mr. Nathaniel said. “Whether you witnessed it as a player or a spectator, it never leaves you.”   Following the film, there will be a question-and-answer period between the audience and the filmmaker.

March 4 HBCUs/Women Educators Guest Lecture postponed

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Delaware State University has postponed the March 4 guest lecture by Dr. Marybeth Gasman, a historian on higher education, who was slated to give a guest lecture on "A History of HBCUs and the Role of Women Educators in the Longwood Auditorium in the Bank of America Building on campus               Dr. Marybeth Gasman The free and open to the public event will be rescheduled on a date and time to be later announced.. Dr. Gasman is a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and is one of the leading authorities in the country on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Gasman is a historian of higher education and currently serves as the vice president of the history and historiography section of the American Educational Research Association and as the chair of the American Association of University Professors Committee on HBCUs. Dr. Gasman is the author of several books, including the 2007 book Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund, which was cited as "an invaluable contribution" to the field of higher education for African-Americans and to "the general area of the history of higher education.” Gasman has also published Charles S. Johnson: Leadership Beyond the Veil in the Age of Jim Crow (with Patrick J. Gilpin), Supporting Alma Mater: Successful Strategies for Securing Funds from Black College Alumni (with Sibby Anderson-Thompkins), and Uplifting a People: African American Philanthropy and Education (with Kate Sedgwick). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from St. Norbert College and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Law from Indiana University. Gasman has been a Penn Graduate School of Education faculty member since 2003.

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